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A multi-vehicle accident on Welsh Road in Upper Dublin Township in Pennsylvania has claimed the life of one motorcycle driver. Three others, including two other motorcyclists and the driver of a Toyota Camry, were injured in the motor vehicle crash.
According to police, an SUV was also involved in the accident, but the driver was not injured. The SUV and the three motorcycles were traveling westbound and the Camry was traveling eastbound. Authorities are still not certain how at least two of the vehicles collided head-on or who was actually responsible for the accident.
The motorcyclist who perished was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The other two motorcyclists were transported by emergency personnel to Abington Memorial Hospital. Authorities report both suffered serious injuries. The Camry driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.
Welsh Road was closed for several hours as police investigated the accident scene. The investigation will likely continue for several days. Authorities have not said whether they believe alcohol or drug intoxication played a role in the crash.
The media reports the area of Welsh Road where the accident occurred is close to a crest in the road, making it difficult for vehicles to see an approaching vehicle. However, the accident happened at 11:30 p.m., so all vehicles should have been using their headlights.
When police make a determination as to who was at fault in the accident, there could be civil actions filed against the at-fault driver or the estate of the motorcyclist who was killed. If the driver of the Camry is determined to have caused the accident, the family of the motorcyclist who died could pursue a civil claim for wrongful death and other damages. The injured motorcyclists could purses civil claims for pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress and other damages.
Source: nbcphiladelphia.com, “Triple Motorcycle Accident Kills 1, Hurts 3” No author given, Jul. 31, 2013